Footsteps 103 - Entrepreneurship

Footsteps 103 is packed with practical advice on how to run a successful business.


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PILLARS: Credit and loans for small businesses 

by Isabel Carter 

Tearfund’s PILLARS guides provide practical, discussion-based learning. This guide explores ways of obtaining credit or loans, and shares good practice in record-keeping. Available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Visit to download a free copy, or contact us to order a paper copy (costing £8).

Think livelihoods! 

by Kara Greenblott, Isabel Carter and Debora Randall 

This is a manual for helping people and communities affected by HIV to improve their livelihoods. However, much of the information is useful for any livelihoods programme. Contains case studies, training exercises and biblical reflections. 

Visit to download Think livelihoods! free of charge in English, French, Portuguese and Kiswahili. Contact us to order a printed copy in English (costing £6). 

Setting up a biblically based business 

by Michael Clargo 

This manual helps people think through all the stages of setting up a successful business. It includes simple explanations and exercises. 

Download a free copy from or visit to search for and purchase a paper copy for £8.50. Available in English only. 

Useful websites 

These websites are in English unless otherwise stated. 
The Reconxile website features guides on starting and running a successful business, and a manual for those seeking to train others.
The Chalmers Center provides resources on starting savings groups and managing business finances. Click on Resources, then User Portal, to create an account and view resources in English, French and Spanish. 
Practical Action provides practical instructions on many topics related to livelihoods, including food processing and livestock management. 
Contains information on microfinance, including a list of microfinance organisations in different countries. Content available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. 
VSL Associates offers training and support to international and local NGOs that promote community-managed microfinance. 
Features Tearfund’s resources on the circular economy (see page 14). Some resources are also available in Portuguese.